The material – Gore-Tex – is perhaps most famous for being used in outdoor jackets and trousers, thanks to properties that make it both waterproof and breathable. It’s also a key material in countless medical implants worldwide.

Yet when it comes to Gore-Tex implants for rhinoplasty, it’s fair to say that surgeons and patients have been left to ponder the potential benefits and drawbacks as they wade through a sea of mixed messages.

The issue concerns implants for the nose in general.